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Colon Cancer: Starting Xeloda

Posted by @blessed in Colorectal Cancer, Nov 9, 2011

Starting Xeloda this week. Not sure what to expect the first day. Wondering if it is a good idea to start dosage while home alone. Any ideas?

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Posted by @spincycle, Nov 9, 2011

I started Xeloda about two years ago and was apprehensive as well. I found the effect was cumulative not really noticing any changes until into the second day. Diarrhea came on fast and persisted. I suffered way too long by only following the prescribed dosage for OTC med. I needed something much stronger and should have insisted on getting it much quicker than I did. I became dehydrated and nearly passed out while driving - ending up in E R to get IV. The good news is that Xeloda along with radiation got the cancer.

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Posted by @blessed, Nov 9, 2011

Thank you so much...here we go!!

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Posted by @spincycle, Nov 14, 2011

Thinking about what you mentioned about starting Xeloda. How long will you need to take it? You must have chosen pill form? I was originally considered to get an additional 3-4 months worth of chemo even after the surgery and pathology turned up that everything was negative. It was suggested that I get a PIC line but a different oncologist said in his opinion I would gain nothing by the additional chemo. There is a medical comparison chart that shows the percent odds one would gain by going through additional treatment. Considering what I found on the chart and the doctor's opinion, I chose to not put my body through any more at that point.

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Posted by @blessed, Nov 14, 2011

Thankfully the only side effects so far have been extreme tiredness. I am on day 5 of 2000 miligrams a day for 7 days on 7 days off.

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Posted by @spincycle, Nov 15, 2011

Wow that sounds like a high dose considering I was told the dosage was determined by height and weight and I was on 1250 mg/day. But that was for 5-6 weeks straight. I like the sound of having 7 days off. How long total will you be on this regimen? Get lots of rest and the end will come to the medication dosing - hang in there and hoping for the best results!!

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